UNOSSC in Action for COVID-2019 Responses: Donated Medical Supplies Arrive in Wuhan and Yuxi

27 February 2020, New York – Urgently needed medical respirators and protective suits worth $100,000 donated by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) reached the cities of Wuhan on 22 February and Yuxi on 24 February to support local efforts responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


UNOSSC-donated respirators being offloaded by the Blue Sky Rescue team in an emergency warehouse in Wuhan on 22 February

Since the onset of the outbreak, UNOSSC has been closely following the situation and stands firm in demonstrating solidarity and enhancing cooperation with all partners in response to this “public health emergency of international concern”.

After receiving the urgent request for medical supplies from a project partner in China on 6 February, following consultations with of the Ministry of Commerce of China, UNOSSC immediately reached out to the United Nations resident coordinator system in the country, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China, and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Centre of Excellence in China for advice on applicable procurement channels.

The urgently needed non-invasive respirators and medical protective suits worth $100,000 were procured through UNDP China and reached the city of Wuhan on 22 February and the city of Yuxi, a project partner, on 24 February.


UNOSSC-donated respirators being offloaded by the Blue Sky Rescue team in an emergency warehouse in Wuhan on 22 February

Respirators are crucial to the treatment of patients in a severe condition; medical protective suits remain difficult items to resource. All the respirators have arrived in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province and the epicentre of the outbreak, on 22 February, thanks to the Government’s fast-track logistic channels. On 24 February, 150 protective suits also reached the city of Yuxi; the remaining suits will be dispatched within this week.

Yuxi has been a partner of UNOSSC through the South-South and Triangular Cooperation among Maritime-Continental Silk Road Cities for Sustainable Development Project. It has hosted a study visit on agricultural value-chain development and solar-power-driven irrigation schemes for city partners from Nepal.

Although Yuxi is not the most affected, it has been extremely difficult for us to obtain the needed medical supplies to halt the spread of the virus and treat patients infected, as the city is relatively small and resources are limited”, explained Mr. Yao Xiaoyan, Director of the Foreign Affairs Office of Yuxi, adding that “UNOSSC’s supplies came at an opportune time and cheered everyone up in the city. We genuinely appreciate it.”


150 medical protective suits arriving at the city of Yuxi

On 6 February, UNOSSC advertised a a call for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) items to China on South-South Galaxy jointly with its partner, the Finance Centre for South-South Cooperation (FCSSC).

For more information, please visit our latest newsletter on Covid-2019 responses and UNOSSC official website.

 

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